Behind the Bar: “The McAlister” Fall Cocktail

We’re back with the “hers” version of our new cocktail series, Behind the Bar, where Clay and I chose a favorite seasonal cocktail and show y’all how to bring the goodness to your home! Yesterday I jumped right in without explaining the names – The Leftwich & The McAlister. We called the “his” The Leftwich because of its gothic revival style architecture and gray paint color. Not to mention the name Leftwich feels more masculine to me. We’re calling the “hers” The McAlister because the McAlister House gives me the most feminine vibes with the beautiful bridal suite, light paint color, and airy feel.

Today I’m going to share my favorite fall cocktail, a Pomegranate Gin and Tonic. Gin and tonic became a go-to drink of mine this summer whether at the pool with friends or on the back porch with Clay. It’s so refreshing and light, and because I’m not tired of it yet, I wanted to find a way to transition my favorite summer drink into one that helps usher in the new season.

I love the moody red tone of the drink, the visual interest of the pomegranate arils (not to mention eating them at the end!), and a sprig of fresh rosemary gives it an earthy feel that makes me think of fall. Here’s the simple recipe so you can make one of your own:



  • 2 ounces gin
  • 4 ounces tonic water
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • crushed ice
  • pomegranate arils
  • lime wedges
  • rosemary sprig


  1. Fill a glass with a small handful of pomegranate arils and crushed ice.
  2. Pour the gin, then the tonic.
  3. Stir in the pomegranate and lime juice and wedges.
  4. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and pomegranate arils sprinkled on top.

Original recipe: How Sweet Eats

If you make The McAlister be sure to share with us on Instagram!

Cheers & happy sipping!

Photography by Liz Grogan

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